photography training

Posing 101 (Female Subjects)

Objective:

Posing is my secret sauce. Okay, not really, but it's arguably the one thing that has improved my images.  Yes, it is important to know your gear.  Yes, it is important to understand light, but none of that really matters if the images of your subject are not flattering.

Giving my subjects "directions" by asking them to turn their head into the light and taking one thousand frames, but only having about 10 frames that were keepers, is how I used to work with my my fingers crossed hoping for useable images.  After doing that for some time, I was not happy with those percentages.  I decided to research and understand basic posing techniques, which later helped me to direct the positioning of my human subjects into flattering poses; this enhanced my subject’s form and made my final images 100% better.  With this approach, I was no longer taking a ridiculous amount of images and my number of keeper images increased.

In this workshop we will go over basic posing techniques that you can use to help increase your number of keeper images.  These techniques will make you a more deliberate photographer.  Here are some of the topics we will cover:

  • Light and how it relates to posing
  • How to position the legs and feet to make a pleasing form
  • We will discuss certain things you should avoid when “striking a pose”
  • How to position hands
  • How to make sitting and reclining poses look natural and appealing
  • And so much more.

Here's what you will need:

  • Camera
  • Note Pad (there will be a great deal of demonstration, so you may want to take notes)

Investment:

  • Photographers $150
  • Limited to 3 photographers
  • FEE IS NON-REFUNDABLE

General Notes:

  • This workshop will be held in Cary, NC.  The exact address will be provided to confirmed attendees.
  • Event Date: Saturday September 19th, 2015 from 2pm to 3:30pm.
  • This is a rain or shine event. This event will only be cancelled/rescheduled if the weather conditions are dangerous for travel and/or gear.

Model: Shana Collins

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One-On-One Workshop With Terry Witherspoon | Cary, NC Photographer

This one-on-one workshop was with Terry Witherspoon. Terry found me while doing a YouTube search about lighting and he came across the latest video posted on our YouTube channel - "Edgy Fashion Photoshoot Using All Natural Light."  

During our conversation, he explained that he found the educational content of our videos extremely helpful, so he subscribed to our channel and began consuming the other 35 plus videos available on our YouTube channel. Once he was done viewing the contents of those videos, he realized I was local and he reached out to me for a one-on-one workshop.

Here's what Terry had to say about his experience with our one-on-one workshop:

"I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop. The one on one aspect is really what initially drew me to this. All of my questions were answered thoroughly, and then applied hands on. To me, that was invaluable. I have been practicing the techniques you taught me, and have already seen a dramatic improvement in my photographs. I can't begin to thank you enough!!"

Every one on one workshop is customized to each attendee and their specific requirements.  There’s absolutely no value to the attendees to teach about a subject they have no interest in learning, so I always determine their specific concerns in an effort to address those areas directly.  In Terry's case he wanted more information on the following:

  • Composition - articulating a vision and creating beautiful images.
  • Lighting - he experienced a level of difficulty getting the correct exposure; he shot aperture priority most of the time.
  • Camera settings - gaining a better understanding of his equipment and how the functions and settings affected, or are best suited for various lighting conditions.
  • Start-up/Growing a business - my thoughts on next-step; he expressed an interest in starting his own photography business at some point in the future, and asked me to share some tips from my experiences.

In addition, we discussed how to pose a subject, as well as the differences between directing someone and posing them.  We went over various lighting techniques using natural light, artificial light, and flash.  I also shared my opinions on why location is not the most important element of a successful shoot; the key components being: quality of available light and subject.

Jessica Perry was our model for the workshop.  A total professional and extremely patient with us while I focused on educating Terry and ensuring he received what he needed to maximize his experience during his time in the workshop.  This was Jessica's first photoshoot and I have to say, she did an awesome job.

In conclusion, I want to say thank you, Terry, for booking a one on one workshop with me. Based on his feedback, he got all his questions answered and more importantly he continued to practice what he learned.  I’d also want to thank the following individuals; a supportive team is an essential aspect of a successful workshop: Palani Mohan and Anthony Coriale for providing assistance with this workshop.  Nicole Sue aka Carlton Eliza Charles for styling, and assisting Jessica with organizing the wardrobe she had.  Wayne Wonder for capturing the BTS video, which will be published in the near future.

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Workshop | Environmental Portraits | Raleigh, North Carolina

Everyday I am enjoying creating images on location.  I enjoy the challenge and I love the fact that I never know what type of image I will get because I use what's around me.  The below images were captured at a workshop I held on July 19th in downtown Raleigh North Carolina.  In this workshop we worked with natural and artificial light to help create images with our model Jessica.   

Adley, John & Jessica thank you for participating in my workshop, you all made it very fun and educational for me.

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BEHIND THE SCENES VIDEO

Natural Light Workshop 2014 | Cary North Carolina Photographer

On May 17th, I held a natural light workshop in Cary, North Carolina.  The workshop was done between 2pm and 4pm, which is not the most ideal situation to create images.  However, I knew with the right poses and specific directions we would create some amazing images.  Agnes, Nika and Jim were the 3 photographers who attended my workshop, I hope you all learned something new, thank you for attending.

The models that attended my workshop were Jessica Delovely who I have worked with in the pass and Seema Lateef Aziz.  Jessica had to leave early, so I didn't capture as much images I wanted to of her, which is why Seema dominates the below.  In addition to modeling Seema did the hair and make up.  Seema was a trooper and was very easy to work.

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